Phishing scams have jolted businesses around the world. Both small and large businesses have suffered, just because they didn’t pay enough attention to basic cybersecurity measures. For hackers and cybercriminals, malware remains their biggest tool for attacking users and companies alike. From something as basic as a virus or worm, to ransomware, adware, spyware, and even trojans, various malicious programs, codes have been used by hackers. When it comes to malware prevention, nothing is more important than carefulness. Proactive measures can prevent malware attacks, and in this post, we are sharing some of the tips that may come in handy for your company.
- Know different malware types
Each malware program or code is different and has a specific purpose. For example, a trojan file is designed to come off as legit software or download, and once the user is tricked into installing it and giving admin access, the hacker may open a backdoor and continue spying, or can even install another malware like ransomware. The first step in malware prevention is to identify and enlist the threats.
- Let your employees know
When it comes to cybersecurity, you cannot really expect things to work, unless every level within the organization is involved. You need to let employees know of the cybersecurity protocols they must follow, and more importantly, how malware can impact the company and their work. For instance, most hackers rely on network scanning and phishing to launch malware attacks – Are your employees aware of how to detect a suspicious links, emails, and attachments.
- Don’t miss on password protection
Besides updating all software and firmware programs to the latest version, it is also important to focus on password protection as a cybersecurity measure. Ensure that employees only use strong and long passwords, which have special characters and numbers. Also, if they are unable to manage passwords, recommend a tool that can offer help. What also matters is how passwords are used – Same passwords shouldn’t be used for many accounts or resources. For selected users, accounts and important resources, it is more than important to use options like multifactor authentication and lockout feature. All default passwords and usernames should be changed right after a program or product has been installed.
As you may have guessed, there is nothing like proactive cybersecurity¸ and your company needs to be on the forefront, if you really want to beat hackers at their game.